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Things To Do In Exeter
If you’re making a weekend of it, or you’ve arrived in town with a lot of time to spare ahead of kick-off, there are many interesting ways to spend your time. Did you know that Exeter Prison was the site of the last hanging for witchcraft in 1682?
Here are some other cultural highlights to be found around the city:
1: Exeter Cathedral
Cathedral Church of Saint Peter at Exeter is an Anglican cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Exeter. Founded in 1050, the current building was completed circa 1400. The clock that was the inspiration for the classic nursery rhyme “Hickory Dickory Dock” hangs above the door to the North Tower with the Medieval cat flap; on a related note, the cathedral is the only one in the country to have had a cat on its payroll at one point in history!
2: Exeter Quay
Located just a twenty-minute walk from St James Park, Exeter Quay is the best place in town to walk on a sunny morning. Enjoy restaurants with a view or take part in one of the Quayside Red Coat Guided Tours, and even venture as far as the 2,000-year-old city walls, of which 70% still remains.
One of the most exciting developments in Exeter City centre has been the regeneration of the Princesshay shopping area, which stands on the site of the old St. John’s Hospital School, all that remains of which is the Blue Boy statue right in the heart of the area. Filled with the best of cafes, restaurants, shopping outlets and local businesses, Princesshay is the place to be seen.
For a full list of restaurants and outlets at Princesshay, see here
4: Underground Passages
Take in a tour of the underground passages and walkways that formed the core of the city’s foundations. Dating from 14th century, these medieval passages under Exeter High Street are a unique ancient monument; no similar system of passages can be explored by the public elsewhere in Britain.
5: Castle and Northernhay Gardens
Incorporating a good stretch of Roman wall and the only length of Saxon town wall to be seen in England, Northernhay Gardens are of outstanding historic significance.
The site of Northernhay Gardens was quarried in Roman times for stone from which to build the adjacent city walls. During the Norman period it formed part of the defences of Rougemont Castle. In 1612, the City Chamber laid out the grounds for public recreation.
The early park was destroyed in the Civil War when, in 1642 large new defensive ditches were dug outside the walls for the city's defence.
Today the gardens offer a tranquil break from the bustle of the city, and were recently used as the city’s official Rugby World Cup FanZone.
6: Royal Albert Memorial Museum
The awards continue to stream in for Exeter’s RAMM museum, which was crowned 'Museum of the Year' and awarded the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for its redevelopment project. Chair of Judges, Lord Smith of Finsbury, said of the Museum at the time: “The new Royal Albert Memorial Museum is quite simply a magical place.”
Located just a few doors down from Exeter Central station, the RAMM is easily accessible and is right in the middle of town.
7: Woollen Trail / Other trails
Fancy an adventure? Travel around historic Exeter by following the trail of signs located all over the area, with a number of differently-themed self-guided tours.
Take the City Wall trail, the Exeter Woollen trail, the University Sculpture trail and the Medieval trail, each with their own different take on the city. All easily walkable within an hour, these are a brilliant means of passing the time while also providing an engrossing educational benefit for the kids as well.
From the M5:
Exit westbound at Junction 29 onto the A3015 (Honiton Road). Follow the road onto the B3183 (Heavitree Road) for two miles, going past Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. Take the fourth exit at the roundabout into Western Way, and at the next roundabout take the second exit onto Old Tiverton Road. St James Park and Stadium Way are located on the left.
From the East:
Follow the A303/A30 towards Exeter, passing under the M5 Bridge (at Junction 29). Then follow the above instructions ‘From the M5’.
From the West:
Follow signposts towards Exeter centre. After crossing the River Exe near Exeter St Thomas rail station, join the A3015 (Frog Street). Follow the one-way system and then exit onto the B3212 (Magdalen Street) and follow the road as it veers left towards the roundabout. Take the third exit at the roundabout into Western Way, and at the next roundabout take the second exit onto Old Tiverton Road. St James Park and Stadium Way are located on your left.
Please note that owing to very limited parking at St James Park, there is no on-site parking for supporters at St James Park on matchdays. There may be very limited residential parking available locally. Please click here to view a map of car parks local to St James Park (please note that only red numbers are car parks on this external link).
Parking is available at the club on non-matchdays, entering via Stadium Way.
The stadium is served by St James Park rail station, a few minutes’ walk from the ground. The station lies on the Avocet Line (First Great Western trains), which runs from Exeter St David’s to Exmouth, also calling at Exeter Central. The Exeter St David’s and Exeter Central stations connect the city to the other major cities across the UK.
The following bus routes run via Old Tiverton Road, adjacent to St James Park:
E (Lancelot Rd – City Centre – Exwick)
F1 (Lancelot Rd – Prince Charles Rd – City Centre – Redhills – Exwick)
F2 (Lancelot Rd – Prince Charles Rd – City Centre – Redhills – Exwick)
The following bus routes stop by the Odeon cinema on Sidwell Street, less than five minutes’ walk from the stadium:
1 (Exeter – Cullumpton – Tiverton)
1B (Exeter – Cullumpton – Willand)
G (Hamlin Gardens – City Centre – The Quay)
K (Pinhoe – City Centre – Countess Wear)
P (Pennsylvania – City Centre – High Meadows – Crossmead)
P2 Red (Honiton Road Park & Ride – City Centre)
T (Pinhoe – City Centre – Topsham)
Exeter Bus Station is located around ten minutes’ walk from St James Park. It is the terminus for many local buses in the Exeter area, as well as serving intercity coach companies including Megabus, National Express, First Bus and Western Greyhound.
Park & Ride:
It is also possible to get to the City Centre by using the Park & Ride services at Honiton Road (Red), Sowton (Blue) and Matford (Green).
Exeter International Airport is situated in Clyst Honiton, four miles from the city centre. Our principle sponsor Flybe serves 25 destinations directly, including nine destinations within the British Isles.
Where to Stay
Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
01392 412 812
The Mercure Southgate is situated in a leafy garden area in the heart of the city with parking, close to the historic Cathedral Green area, High Street and Princesshay shopping precinct.
The hotel has a well-fitted health club and swimming pool, a cosy bar area, excellent cuisine, and the rooms are all furbished to a high standard.
Apple Taxis – 01392 666666
Club partners Apple Taxis are a local taxi firm, with saloons and people carriers to suit your needs and get you and your friends to or from St James Park. To book a taxi to the train or bus stations, to the football club, or to anywhere in Exeter and the surrounding area, just call